Summary of Duties: The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living is pleased to announce an opening in our postdoctoral research training program in disability policy. We are seeking qualified candidates who are committed to a career producing and using high-quality research about people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.
The primary goal of this fellowship is to provide a highly personalized 18-month research training experience to scholars with disabilities who hold doctorates or similar advanced degrees and are personally committed to understanding and improving health policies and services for all Americans with disabilities. The fellowship involves rigorous coursework and progressively more independent research activities. All fellows will be eligible for extensive accommodations and ongoing support by advisors who have both personal and professional experience with disability.
The fellowship will complement and extend the work of the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL), a multisite Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. The main fellowship site is Washington State University's health sciences campus in Spokane Washington; during the last part of their training period, fellows may choose to spend 3-6 months at one or more CHRIL affiliate sites, including Washington, D.C. (American Association on Health and Disability), Lawrence, KS (Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies), or Houston, TX (Independent Living Research Utilization). CHRIL research and outreach projects include assessments of health insurance outcomes for consumers with disabilities, the training needs of Centers for Independent Living, trends in insurance coverage, access, and cost, and the impact of health reform on workplace participation and/or benefit enrollment. More information on the CHRIL's research and training activities can be found at the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living website.
This disability policy postdoctoral training program explicitly recognizes and accommodates the financial and vocational needs of scholars with disabilities. Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, with a competitive salary, conference travel funds, full health insurance coverage, and retirement benefits. All employees are eligible for a tuition waiver. Fellows with significant disability support needs will also be offered up to 40 hours of workplace personal assistance per week, plus supplemental funds for housing assistance, moving expenses, adaptive technologies, and additional conference travel for accommodation needs.
Position responsibilities include: Attending classes or independent study to supplement and advance their knowledge in the field of health policy research. Participation in existing CHRIL research, including research design, statistical analysis, and writing.
Attending professional conferences. Leading own research team and developing own research activities, (toward end of fellowship).
Co-authoring and presenting conference abstracts and presentations.
Developing five-year research plan and academic CV.
Writing at least one grant proposal. Publishing results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
Working effectively independently and as part of the larger team associated with this project.
Required Qualifications: Must have received a doctoral degree (or similar advanced degree) within the past five years, a strong interest in a future research career, critical thinking, communication skills, interest in disability policy research, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.